Ricardo Casas Design interprets the iconic Acapulco chair into an installation of light fixtures at the Mexico pavilion’s restaurant during Expo Milano 2015. For the Besame Mucho Restaurant, located on the last floor of the mexican pavilion in expo milan 2015, liquen agency developed a brand concept influenced by mexico in the 50’s, when acapulco was an international destination and the port became the main reference for fashion, design and glamour.
Following the concept, RCDESIGN took the acapulco chair as the main element for the design of the restaurant and transformed it into an installation of umbrellas that also work as lamps, creating a tribute to the anonymous mexican design icon.
When tasked with the nation’s pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, brand agency Liquen opted to pay homage to Mexico’s glamorous retro design era. Over the decades, a no-name designer chair came to represent not only the destination city of the same name where it was most prevalent – Acapulco – but also the fashion of 1950s interiors.
To execute Liquen’s vision, Ricardo Casas Design selected the Acapulco chair to depict the nation’s cultural image. RCD pared down the design to its most visually striking component – a rope seat – and inverted it into an interior element for Besame Mucho, Mexico’s pavilion’s restaurant which offers gastronomy by 30 of the country’s best chefs.
With the legs removed, the minimal seats are turned upside-down with a light source inserted within a central ring to realize a series of umbrella-shaped fixtures. Hanging from a metal framework, dozens of lamp shades form whimsical installation above a dining area on the restaurant’s outdoor terrace. The canopy’s conical components were hand woven by local artisans of the Akele workshop in Mexico City.
Project name: bésame mucho
Area: 170 m2
Location: mexican pavilion, expo milan 2015. milan, italy.
Client: liquen (sandro landucci)
Design: RCD (ricardo casas design) www.rcdesign.mx
Design team: ricardo casas, isauro huizar, victor miranda, leonel torres, david vivanco, alma lopez, juan pablo zugasti
brand and graphic design: liquen
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